Rogue One 70mm

Star Wars has long been a film series that helped push technology forward, beginning with the original 1977 film. That movie was a pioneer in visual effects, with the first large-scale use of motion-control camera systems, and also helped push Dolby Stereo into theaters. But one of the new Star Wars films might be using a fusion of old and new gear to create its own spectacle.

There are reports that Star Wars: Rogue One will be using the same anamorphic Ultra Panavision 70 lenses that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Richardson used on The Hateful Eight, lenses which prior to that movie hadn’t been used in decades. Rogue One probably won’t use 65mm film, as Tarantino’s movie did, but a union of those lenses and the new Arri Alexa 65mm digital camera to create the widest Star Wars spectacle we’ve yet seen. Read More »


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Over the weekend, one of the reveals from Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 was the first photo of the primary cast from Star Wars: Rogue One, giving us a good first look at the s about a band of rebels tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star.

Now that a super high-resolution version of the photo has hit the web, fans are noticing some cool details in the photo, mostly with the costumes and props of the pictured cast, which includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

In fact, one particular cast member’s appearance has sparked a very interesting  theory, albeit one without much substantial evidence. Some believe that we’ll see Diego Luna as Biggs Darklighter in the movie. Read More »

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Gareth EdwardsStar Wars: Rogue One is still over a year away, but thanks to D23 we have a tantalizing taste of the upcoming film today.

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Jonathan Aris might be joining the cast of Gareth EdwardsStar Wars Anthology film Star Wars: Rogue One. Find out more details from the Star Wars Jonathan Aris report, including the actor’s supposed Star Wars character name, after the jump.
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Even as the world eagerly awaits Star Wars: The Force Awakens — the first Star Wars movie in ten years — Lucasfilm is already pressing on with the next next Star Wars film. At the Star Wars panel at Comic-Con 2015, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that Gareth EdwardsStar Wars Anthology: Rogue One will shoot later this summer.  Read More »


Director Gareth Edwards is quietly putting together an amazing, diverse cast for his upcoming Star Wars film. We know Felicity Jones is on board, and we’ve heard Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn might be along for the ride too. Now Variety reports Diego Luna will join the team for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which follows a group of solders who steal the plans for the Death Star.

The trade also reports Mendelsohn’s role is that of the lead villain. Read more about the Rogue One casting below. Read More »

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We begin to chronicle the aftermath of Star Wars Celebration in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, we’ll discuss the following:

  • An iPhone controlled BB-8 is coming to stores, and a larger version is coming to Disney Parks.
  • Why didn’t Josh Trank come to Star Wars Celebration?
  • Learn the code name for the Josh Trank Star Wars Anthology film.
  • The latest Force Awakens trailer had 88 million views in 24 hours.
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  • See J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy watching the trailer in front of the crowd.
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  • The airline ANA now has a R2-D2 themed 787 airplane
  • Listen to Gareth Edwards talk about the tone of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
  • The Disneyland 60th Anniversary R2-D2 is revealed.

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Star Wars Rogue One plot

Today at the final day of Star Wars Celebration, Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards took the stage for a panel called “Conversations with Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank.” Oddly, Trank did not show up (Kathleen Kennedy said he woke up sick) and in the end of there was no further mention of him or his film. Edwards, however, was on hand to show a very brief teaser and provide some Rogue One plot details, including a confirmation of our plot scoop.

Star Wars: Rogue One is the first film in the new Star Wars Anthology series (that’s the official title for the spin-off movies) and features a plot in which “a rogue band of fighters come together to steal the death star plans.” Get more details, including a full teaser trailer description, below. Read More »

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Star Wars Celebration just took at stand. As in, the Star Wars standalone films. The official Star Wars website confirms that Gareth Edwards, director of 2016’s Star Wars Rogue One, and Josh Trank, director of a second Star Wars standalone film, will both be on hand for a panel at the event.  Read More »